Someone in another thread asked if the demand for cover bands had gone up during the recession? I got to thinking on it and I don't think that's the case, at least in my city and surrounding area. Here's what I've seen this year compared to last year 1. An explosion of "open mic" and phony "battle of the bands" at venues and/or nights that used to have bands -- original or otherwise. It becomes free entertainment for the bars. Some people like them, but they are all of the sudden popping up everywhere, and not on just Sunday nights. 2. Revenues are flat. We are mostly seeing the same money for gigs, or even a little less. Perks have also been cut at some places. 3. Some places are just closed. So no music at all. Your cities or areas?